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RATINGS: 1822   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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Sweeter and smoother than Kalamazoo Stout. A beer for special winter occasions. Great with chocolate desserts. Available October-March.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holtguy (131) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2007
Black with tan head. Malty aroma with slight chocolate. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is malty, chocolate/coffee and mild. Dry finish. This beer got better upon the second and third tastings.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tunneler (131) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2008
a very harmonious whole - not too thick, not too sweet but very smooth, lots of action but nothing obnoxiously dominant. wish I’d bought a 6 and not a single

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
steve1966 (131) - Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Dark black pour foamy creamy head and nice lacing. Aroma is roasted malt. Smells and tastes like a typical micro stout or poster. Coffee notes bitter at first taste. Goes down pretty easy. Pretty one dimensional it is what it is. Bitter finish takes some getting used to.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2008
On tap at the Gnome - Pours a deep black with a small head. The nose is rich toasted malt , with chocolate, and coffee. Comes across the palate with a bit sweet before more bitter toasted malt , with hints of chocolate and coffee. The mouth feel is too tacky to be very drinkable. Nice lingering toastyness. Pretty tasty,but not your everyday easy drinking beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
On tap at Reggie’s. Good, solid sweet stout. Ar: Caramel/burnt sugar, chocolate and signs of the dominant honey to come. Ap: Creamy brown head w/ good retention. Color was a very deep brown bordering on black, but couldn’t be sure in the reddish light of Reggie’s. Fl: Creamy coffee au lait, roasted malts, milky sweetness, chocolate pudding and above all, honey. The Mocha aftertaste was pleasant. Improves considerably upon warming up and the honey was delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBeforeH20 (129) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2014 Very smooth creamy flavor with hints of toffee ,chocolate, and a nice lactose/malty base. Great beer, Bells doesn’t disappoint.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
smboselli (128) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Pours black with thin chocolate brown head from a bottle. Roasty, malty aroma lead to a similar creamy flavor profile. Not as thick as expected, and the high carbonation was a little unpleasant to the palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
v8powered (127) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 15, 2013
2012 in the bottle: Nice roasted malt and chocolate taste and aroma. Very smooth and creamy. Some bitterness but smoother than your traditional stouts. Nice winter beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2002
As always, the Bells yeast is present. I usually drink the lighter stuff where the yeast kind of overpowers things. Not really the case here. Slippery mouthfeel, deep black color, not a lot of head (probably due to a soapy residue glass). Roasty malt flavor, maybe a little overbalanced in the hop direction. Moderate alcohol presence.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2008 poured a rich black color with a light brown head that didn’t last very long. Aroma nice blend of roasted malts and chocolate. Flavor is delicious balance of smooth chocolate and perhaps creamed coffee. Also got some oat flavors mixed with the malt. Wasn’t as creamy as I expected, but tasty and easy to drink. Another nice one from Bells.


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